Today’s Poem: Aspecta Medusa (for a Drawing), by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Rossetti wrote this poem based on his drawing of Medusa:

Aspecta Medua - Rossetti

Aspecta Medusa (for a Drawing)

Andromeda, by Perseus sav’d and wed,

Hanker’d each day to see the Gorgon’s head:

Till o’er a fount he held it, bade her lean,

And mirror’d in the wave was safely seen

That death she liv’d by.

Let not thine eyes know

Any forbidden thing itself, although

It once should save as well as kill: but be

Its shadow upon life enough for thee.

~Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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